People of Guyana rally behind team at Champions League

Georgetown: Guyana's government and the people of the country have thrown their full support behind the national squad which will compete in the Airtel Champions League in South Africa. The squad arrived in Johannesburg on Wednesday and will have their first game on Sunday when they face Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Dr Frank Anthony, Guyana’s Sports Minister said: “We were very pleased with your performances in the Caribbean T20, and I know now you are mentally and physically prepared to represent this nation. We will rally around you to make us proud in South Africa, so play hard and be successful.”

He added: “We know you guys are heading there to play cricket, but we are extremely proud and happy Guyana will be on the map ... and the name of the team, Amazon Conquerors will definitely showcase our country when it comes to tourism as Amazon is about eco-tourism in our country, and you will be there to conqueror the world, so best of luck and be good ambassadors.”

Guyana earned the right to represent the regional at the Champions League when they won the West Indies Cricket Board’s Caribbean T20, beating Barbados in the final by one wicket with a ball to spare. Guyana will be in Group B.

They will play against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday at SuperSport Park in Centurion, against Mumbai Indians on Thursday, September 16 at Kingsmead in Durban; against Highveld Lions on Sunday, September 19 at the Wanderers in Johannesburg; and return to the same venue two days later to face South Australia Redbacks.